There didn't appear to be anything else of interest on the porch, and after a final glance around, Nerius entered the Mansion. It was immediately warmer inside, which was a bit of a shame, Nerius had been enjoying the cooler weather outside. It was clear why, with the large fireplace crackling away, but that was less impressive next to the impressive spread of food. It looked delicious, smelled, delicious, but he wasn't about to eat any of it. It was always a good idea to be cautious of unknown magic, and he certainly wasn't about to consume anything here.
This was another reason having someone else along would come in handy. Not that he would try to convince someone to eat the Mansion's food (probably), but if they happened to unwisely nibble on some, he could at least observe the results. Gusty was no help here, if if he wanted to use the golem as a lab grubble, golems didn't eat in the traditional sense, and the seedling currently had no interest in the spread of food.
That was easier than trying to keep a hungry pet from eating the food, at least. Gusty was, for once, not wiggly, maybe it was disappointed by the lack of a nice breeze anymore? But the real question was, would it be safe to set the golem down while he explored the room more? It was inside and enclosed, and it wasn't like the seedling could move very fast.
And he was sick of carrying it. It was worth giving a try, though he'd have to keep an eye on it, and Nerius gently set the golem down. Gusty made another of those whistling wind noises, apparently not sure what to do now that it was on the floor. It wiggling a little, as usual, but after a few moments, still wasn't actually going anywhere. Hopefully it would be fine to leave it there a little while, while Nerius went over to the table. The first thing he noticed was there was an awful lot of pumpkin.
Even a magical, shapeshifting Mansion couldn't escape the Season of Pumpkin, apparently. Pumpkin pies, roast pumpkin, pumpkin seeds, and he could smell something pumpkin spice. Probably some of the drinks, though he could tell most of them were hot cider. It wasn't all pumpkin, there were roasts, and fresh bread, assortments of vegetables, potatoes, and that what just what he could spot at a quick glance. And as someone who hadn't the slightest idea how to cook, it all looked and smelled very impressive. Much better than trod delivered takeout, that was for sure.
Still, tempting as it was, he couldn't be sure it was safe, and Nerius still wasn't going to eat any of it. It was worth inspecting the table for anything else of interest, however, though first he'd better check on the golem. He glanced back down to Gusty, who was still just.. sitting there. Golems weren't exactly an inquisitive species, most other baby creatures he'd be worried about running off.
Nerius had just finished that thought, when Gusty suddenly whistled, and tried to wiggle quickly over to the humanish. 'Tried' because seedlings weren't very fast, but it was sure giving its best effort. Puzzled, because Nerius didn't see anything large or frightening in the room, he knelt down and scooped up the seedling, who was much happier to be held. What was its problem though?
Nerius looked around for a moment, before spotting.. something, under the table. It was digging around, not very successfully given they were indoors, and had.. was that a root? No, just a very sad potato. Well, okay yes, potatoes were roots, so technically it had a root, just, not one Nerius had immediately recognized as edible by a person. Maybe he could charm it over with something a bit tastier? There was plenty to choose from on the table, but Nerius decided to start with a few chunks of roast potato. He wasn't sure what it ate, other than roots.
Potatoes in hand, he knelt back down next to the table. The creature, it looked a bit like a goblin, to Nerius, looked up from its digging to stare warily at the humanish. Gently, he rolled a potato chunk toward the goblin. It jumped a bit at the movement, before realizing what it was, and snatched up the food. It looked hungry, and that made for an easy bribe technique. Carefully, he rolled another piece, and the goblin went for it without hesitation.
Gusty however, didn't like that the creature was getting closer, and started wiggling again, which in turn startled the goblin. "Stop that," he told the golem, giving it a mild tap on the shell. It didn't understand his exact words, of course, but the tap at least was enough to get it to quit squirming. It could have been worse, he supposed. Ice, his gem dragon, was much more hostile to the smaller mine critters. Gusty, while wiggly, at least wasn't aggressive.
Now to keep making friends with the goblin. Nerius had more potato bits, and reached out an set one down, hopefully enticing the creature to come closer. "It's fine, the golem won't hurt you," he was trying to be encouraging, but well, he wasn't really any better with animals than people. But even with his questionable techniques, it was apparently hungry enough to come closer for the potato. It finished the chunk, then eyed the rest in his hand.
Careful not to drop the golem, who was actually still for once, Nerius set down the rest of the pieces, there were only three, in line in front of himself. The goblin hesitated a moment, before walking over to pick up and eat the potato bits. It seemed to have warmed up to him now, unfortunately Nerius hadn't actually brought anything he could use to catch it. Maybe it would follow him? If not, ah well, that wasn't really what he was here for anyway.
He could give it something else, Nerius supposed as he stood back up. There was a nearby platter of roast carrots, that would do, and he offered one to the goblin. After a slight hesitation, it accepted the food, and started to munch away. It was a larger vegetable, and should last it a whiele. Nerius took this opportunity to examine the table more, there was a lot of food, obviously, but he wondered if there were any more of those marbles hidden around the plates. Hopefully not actually in the food, that would be a choking hazard, but there were plenty of other places for the little things to hide.
So far, Nerius wasn't finding anything, but Gusty whistled again, and wiggled a little at something. Had it spotted another marble? Nerius had a second of hope.. before he realized the golem was just interested in a fork. A bright, shiny silver fork, but a fork just the same.
Nerius rolled his eyes, "You don't even eat," he told the golem. All the same, he humored the golem, and handed it the fork. It whistled, and happily coiled a tentacle around the piece of silverware. It better not poke him with that thing.
He wasn't really spotting anything of interest, either. It was probably time to move on to exploring more of the Mansion. He could see the two doors from here, oddly both seemed to head back outside. One side went to some type of tall plants, and the other to pumpkins. The tall plants appeared to form a maze, and looked easy to get lost in. Nerius hadn't come prepared for a long trip, and the pumpkins looked more appealing. He was actually a bit disappointed there wasn't more of the Mansion itself to explore, but it varied by month, he supposed. And September was almost over anyway, maybe October would have more of the building accessible?
Unnoticed until a destination was chosen, a shining necklace hug off one of the doorknobs and a flute leaned up against the door, the items suddenly appearing on the decided path when one wasn't looking that way.
He really wasn't seeing anything of interest on the table, and in the spirit of the Season of Pumpkin, Nerius decided he'd explore the pumpkin patch. Not that he had any plans of dragging an entire pumpkin home, they were ridiculously heavy for their size, and he was already lugging around the seedling. He was halfway tempted to take it back to the kennel, but it was behaving for now, that it had the fork to keep occupied, and he wasn't sure he'd have a chance to explore the Mansion before the month changed.
What would happen if someone was in the Mansion when it changed? It was an intriguing idea, but not one he wanted to experience personally. The person could be fine, or the shifting Mansion could be hazardous, or they could be warped away to where ever the items went when not in season, or maybe they would be changed themselves. Or they could just die. That was always a possibility too.
It was something he might want to research later, but not something Nerius wanted to experience firsthand. Fortunately, he still had a bit of time, and approaching the pumpkin door, seemed to be time well spent. There hadn't been anything but food (and a goblin) at the tables, but he already spotted a piece of jewelry hanging from the doorknob. It was very pretty, but didn't seem magical, and from his understanding of the local seasonal traditions, wasn't in the classic fall theme. But it was nice, and into the carry pouch it went.
He was somewhat surprised that Gusty hadn't started wiggling, it had before at shiny. It was the fork, he decided, the golem was strangely fascinated with the piece of silverware, and was paying even less attention to the surroundings than usual. Yeah, he regretted bringing it a little. Speaking of companions, the goblin seemed to be following him, maybe it would even follow him all the way home.
But maybe the Mansion didn't want him to leave yet, because it had yet another gift before Nerius had even entered the pumpkin patch. A flute, leaning against the door. Not that he had the faintest idea how to play it, or any instrument, for that matter. But it looked like a nice one... maybe? Eh, what did he know about flutes? Not much, other than that this one wasn't magical. Some from the Mansion were, if rumors were to be believed, but this one? Not so much.
He'd take it anyway, even if he was starting to run out of hands. Hmm, maybe the golem could help. "You want to hold this?" he asked the golem, "It's much nicer than a fork." He'd picked up the flute, and was trying to convince Gusty to grab it, and after a bit of encouragement, it did. Now if he could just get it to let go of the fork. Yes, this was turning into a 'bring home random things' adventure, but still, he didn't need a fork.
Thankfully, the golem let go of the fork with only a little unwinding necessary. The flute, while not shiny, was a much more interesting thing to grab. That or the golem had gotten bored with the fork. Nerius was just glad to be able to set the fork down on the fireplace mantle, and finally head into the pumpkin patch.
He could have just been going back outside, except that it was night. It reality, it was early afternoon, but here, that didn't appear to matter. That alone made it the most interesting part of this month of the Mansion he'd seen. There were, as he could see from the door, plenty of pumpkins. But there was also an assortment of other squashes, which he only knew the name of thanks to gardening, and not because he'd ever cooked with them. There were flowers, too. He would have said it was strange for them to be open at this time of night, but then, it wasn't really 'night' now was it.
But was there anything besides squash and flowers, because if Nerius had just been after those, he could have simply gone gardening. Although, that would have been a bit messier, even if the vines twisting everywhere were a bit of a tripping hazard. It wouldn't have been that much of an issue, if his arms hadn't been full. Especially since the golem was starting to wiggle again. Had it spotted something? Ideally more interesting than a fork.
Nerius didn't see anything of interest, or even shiny, but that didn't stop the golem. He'd had to catch the flute, thankfully noticing Gusty was letting go before the instrument hit the ground. So much for helping him carry things. He'd have to do something with the flute, maybe tie to to his belt with one of the long straps. But to do that, he had to set the golem down, who thankfully quit wiggling like mad once set down. Maybe that's what it had wanted? He'd rather not leave it there, though, a pumpkin patch would be a very easy place to loose a seedling.
Twilight-Claw: I really, really love all the updates that have come~! <3
May 24, 2020 2:12:37 GMT -6
Fiera Ferella: np!!! I hope y'all like it!
May 23, 2020 13:45:06 GMT -6
Riku: What an awesome update, staff! Thanks for that! <3
May 23, 2020 12:06:52 GMT -6
Jack: All have been found!
May 23, 2020 9:53:27 GMT -6
Jack: Might want to be on the lookout for anything... odd
May 22, 2020 23:51:22 GMT -6
Fiera Ferella: Yeah it’s definitely a coincidence but wow did it work out well for us! XD
May 22, 2020 6:43:27 GMT -6
Silver: I'm pretty sure that was just a coincidence, but it sure feels lucky!
May 22, 2020 2:07:09 GMT -6
Riku: So did you guys make this hosting switch perfectly RIGHT before pb broke? >.< Thaz crazy. It’s a huge relief and I’m very glad we’ve come to this. <3
May 22, 2020 1:41:01 GMT -6
Fiera Ferella: It’s free up to a certain number of GB, which we haven’t hit yet.
May 21, 2020 6:46:33 GMT -6
Twilight-Claw: Is the site that is going to be used to host all those images also the type you'd need to pay for? (definitely noticed the broken images yeah. Photobucket feels like it is standing on its last legs. X3 )
May 21, 2020 0:13:57 GMT -6
Morgan: I'm just kinda nervous about them going down before things get moved over completely. It's prolly nothing to be worried about though. :3
May 20, 2020 22:13:15 GMT -6
Fiera Ferella: Thank goodness we're moving out of there? XD
May 20, 2020 21:59:22 GMT -6
Renathan: Ugh, photobucket has the images broke again. x3
May 20, 2020 21:18:53 GMT -6